Yu-Wen Lin, Ching-Hui Wang and Li-Hua Lin
Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Nurs Care
Aim: The purpose of this study is to verify the effect of an innovative method of pin tract wound care in bone fracture patients who receive external skeletal fixation. Method: The study is a preliminary study with a quasi-experimental design. 45 subjects are selected from four orthopedic wards at a medical center in Taipei, Taiwan. The experimental group includes 20 patients, whereas comparison group has 25 patients. The experiment group receives innovative clean method while the comparison group receives the traditional clean method. Selection criteria of participants included patients receiving external skeletal fixation for bone fracture, clear conscious, age 18 year-old and above, and a consensus to participate. Data was collected at 10 days post-surgery. The outcome measures included infection sign, and correct rate of implant pin tract care. Results: Data indicated that patients in the experiment group showed less infection sign and more correct skill of implant pin tract care significantly than patients in the comparison group. This study want to establish an antisepticise standard procedure and nursing conduct content for nursing outer bone steel nail fixer. Paramedic can follow it to enforce nursing conduct and let the patient and care taker more easy to learn, also can enhance the steel nail care quality.
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